September 22, 2000 |
The only change so far is in the embroidery, a change that recalls a happier time, when Rob Blake was captain of the Kings. Blake hasn't been traded. He doesn't want to be, and Dave Taylor, the Kings' senior vice president and general manager, says the team doesn't want to trade him. Blake is still under contract with the Kings. For one more season. And then?
April 12, 2000 |
The hottest goaltender in North America won't be in Buffalo when the NHL playoffs begin today. He won't be in Detroit or New Jersey or Denver. The hottest goaltender in North America won't be on any of the old, familiar rinks, a fact that led Phoenix Coyote owner Richard Burke to Nikolai Khabibulin's doorstep in the days before last month's trading deadline, according to a high-ranking NHL official.
September 1, 1999 |
Defenseman Aki Berg is close to re-signing with the Kings, mostly because he's resigned to his NHL fate. Veterans Glen Murray and Mattias Norstrom have similar fates, but so far there is no resignation. The three are still in negotiations with the Kings, and all are expected to sign, with Berg probably set for training camp Sunday. The negotiations for Murray and Norstrom might take longer. And when they all return to the ice, there will be someone new to talk about them.
December 10, 1997 |
Unsigned free agent Paul Kariya has become so upset over his contract stalemate with the Mighty Ducks he is "bleeding" and considering playing in Europe, teammate Teemu Selanne said Tuesday. "I'm so, so, so worried," Selanne said. "I know Paul and I know it's going to come to a point when he's going to say, 'I don't care about the money. I'm not going to play with those guys. I'd rather retire or play in Europe for the rest of my life.'
November 17, 1997 |
Disney had a free-agent signing to announce Sunday. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with the Mighty Ducks. The Angels locked up pitcher Ken Hill for three years with an option for a fourth. If he pitches the way he did in September and Chuck Finley pitches the way he did in July, the Angels have a great one-two punch in their rotation. It's amazing what gets accomplished when two sides want to make something happen. Hill and his wife decided they wanted to stick with the Angels.
October 15, 1997 |
It should be Paul Kariya on the ice against Eric Lindros at the Pond tonight. It should be Paul Kariya and Eric Lindros coming up in the context of that most basic and yet best of sports debates--"Who's better?"--and these are two of the best. But Kariya won't be at the Pond. He won't even be in the country. And now his only link to Lindros comes in a long-distance salary dance that isn't entertaining at all.